Women In Trucking Association Partners with Girl Scouts to Launch Brand-New “Transportation Patch”

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Eighty four Girl Scouts earned the "first ever" transportation patch at Olive-Harvey College in Chicago, IL.

Girl Scout Patch designed by Blue Edge Marketing

The Girl Scouts who earned their patch in transportation learned about an important segment of our economy while getting an up close view of a tractor trailer in a fun filled day of learning.

Dozens of area Girl Scouts now have one more patch to showcase their interests in learning about something new – the Women in Trucking Association awarded its first Transportation Patch this week. There were 84 Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, ages 5-12, who spent half a day at Olive-Harvey College learning about the transportation industry from experts.

At the event, the Girl Scouts completed a vehicle inspection, climbed into the cab of a semi-truck and built a truck out of paper. Attendees also heard a presentation from Lenora Hardee, Chief Technical Engineer at Navistar, who spoke about her career and the opportunities in the industry.

“Women In Trucking Association's mission includes the goal to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry,” said Ellen Voie, President/CEO of Women in Trucking Association. “The opportunity to reach young women in the Girl Scout program to tell them about career opportunities in transportation supports this objective. The Girl Scouts who earned their patch in transportation learned about an important segment of our economy while getting an up close view of a tractor trailer in a fun filled day of learning. We are thrilled to pilot this patch in the greater Chicago area and look forward to seeing it expand throughout the United States.”

Volunteers from Olive-Harvey College, J. J. Keller & Association, Inc., and Navistar were on hand to help the Girl Scouts with each of the activities and answer any questions they had about the transportation industry. The meal was sponsored by Averitt Express and patches paid by C.H. Robinson, Inc. Snacks were provided by Frito-lay. J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. provided instructional materials for the girls. Olive-Harvey College is the City Colleges’ College to Careers hub for TDL (transportation, distribution, and logistics) education.

Women In Trucking Association, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 16 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Daimler Trucks NA, GE Capital, Great Dane Trailers, U.S. Xpress, Inc. and Walmart. For more information, visit http://www.WomenInTrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.

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